Partition is a period of interval on the disk. In general, a disk can be divided into several partitions, which may usually be seen as C:, D:, E:, F:. When cloning a disk, all the partitions will be cloned one by one. For more flexible operations, AOMEI Backupper provides partition clone, which can clone single partition, rather than the whole disk. For example, the D: can be cloned to E:, and also D: can be cloned to another hard disk.
The concept of volume is similar, but different from partition. Partition is a block of contiguous disk space, while volume is may not be contiguous. For example, first half space of the volume is on Disk 1, while the second half space is on Disk 2. Dynamic disk possesses this feature so as to compose multiple discontinuous spaces into one volume, which has been named "Dynamic Volume" in Windows operating systems. Dynamic Volume consists of several types, such as, Simple Volume, Spanned Volume, Mirrored Volume, etc. Apart from the function of partition clone, AOMEI's cloning software can also clone dynamic volume as well.
Partition/volume may need cloning due to the following reasons:
AOMEI Backupper is not only a data backup software, but also a clone software. Through its functions, you can easily clone partition/volume to ideal destination partition without interrupting any running programs. For instance, the system partition, C: can be cloned directly without suspending any running program on it. This function is extremely useful for Server users, because it can avoid downtime to the largest extent. Then, it will be the operating steps in detail.
First, select the "Partition Clone" option under the "Clone" tab.
Second, select a source partition (Drive C) that you want to clone, and then click "Next".
Third, select the destination, and then click "Next".
Fourth, it is the operation summary page. Confirm the operations, and then click "Start Clone". (The partitions on the destination can be resized by clicking "Edit the size of partition" option. You can also have a sector by sector clone by ticking the corresponding option.)
At last, click "Finish" to exit the interface.